The competition at first base between Josh Satin (above) and Ike Davis has produced exponentially better than Davis alone did for the first half of 2013.
In a matter of a month, the Mets have gone from no first basemen to two first basemen.
Ike Davis began 2013 much the same way he began 2012. His confidence plummeted, his batting average plummeted, his strikeout rate skyrocketed and fans let Davis know how unhappy they were with him.
With the team struggling mightily, Davis was among those sent down to Triple-A for a number of younger players. The Mets defended him nonstop, but they finally pulled the trigger and sent him down.
When Davis in particular was sent down, that was the moment the players knew none of their jobs were secure.
Competition can certainly bring the best out of players. The team as a whole became exponentially more competitive.
Josh Satin, Davis’ close friend and replacement at first base, instantly contributed offensively. Satin was an on-base machine and was the next dangerous bat the Mets desperately needed.
Currently, Satin has a great .310/.437/.464 line with 10 doubles, one home run, eight RBI and an incredible 19 walks in 84 at-bats.
But Davis also picked up his game as soon as he got to Triple-A.
In 21 minor league games, Davis had an unbelievable .293/.424/.667 line with seven doubles, seven home runs and 13 RBI.
When Davis earned his call-up back to the majors, suddenly the Mets had two in-form first basemen on their team.
Unfortunately, both players appear to have cooled off from their June form.
Interestingly, though, both players still appear to be getting on base at an extraordinary rate.
Satin is hitting just .269 in July, but has drawn 11 walks in 52 at-bats to earn a .397 on-base percentage for the month. Davis is hitting just .232 since his promotion, but he has stopped chasing curveballs and shown great discipline, leading to a .368 on-base percentage in July.
The Mets will likely continue to platoon both players at first base until one cools off noticeably or they find a place for Satin to play. But Davis, in spite of his horrible start, is a guy who hit 32 home runs as a 25-year-old.
Considering how rare that is, both players will likely get many chances at the plate for the rest of the year.
But Mets fans certainly do not forget how poorly Davis played for the first half of the season. While Davis clearly has more work to do, he and Satin are getting on base plenty and producing much more than Davis alone did for much of this season.